Best Back to School Picture Books – Kids Read

Butterflies on the First Day of School Lesson

Well, we are already back. This summer had flown by, but it was fun. By now, all teachers are back to work, and students are coming back soon as well. I have come up with the favorite first day – the first week of school book list. Here are some all time favorites!

  1. “Butterflies on the First Day of School by Annie Silvestro has easily become one of the selected back-to-school picture books. Everyone has butterflies on the first day of school, even teachers. Rosie is so excited about the start of school and her new backpack, but on the night before the first day of school, she has trouble sleeping. The morning of the first day starts with sleep deprivation and a bit of “butterflies in her belly” as the mother points out. As Rosie meets Violet on the bus, she releases some of the butterflies, meeting her teacher and classmates have the rest of the butterflies flitter away. Rosie’s day truly becomes rosy, she even recognizes butterflies in Isabella. “Butterflies on the First Day of School” is a great picture book before and on the first day of school. The illustrations are ideal for teaching inferencing and awareness of feelings and emotions. This story is perfect for students in primary grades and all their teachers as well :).

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes Lesson Plan
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes Lesson Plan

Wemberly, the mouse, worries about everything, little things and big things, real things and imaginary things (well who is to say). Kids love Wemberly cause she is so real and believable. The first day/week of school is stressful and worrisome. Wemberly is an awesome book about human emotions. Love it!

3. Chrysanthemum – by Kevin Henkes
Another amazing book by Henkes. Kids love Kevin Henkes books. Chrysanthemum is bullied at school because of her name. Why do I love this book as a teacher? As a teacher, I know that in every class there is a possibility of negative dynamics. So, teaching and encouraging positive behavior and teaching kindness is perhaps the most important classroom management tool.

Chrysanthemum Lesson Plan

4. What If Everybody Did That? by Javernick
What If Everybody Did That?” is becoming the most read book during the first week of class. What I love about this book is not only that it teaches common courtesy and classroom rules, but students can clearly understand that most of the rules are in place to prevent accidents and promote safety for all students.

5. How I Spent My Summer Vacation – by Teague
Ok, I love Texas, and the kids, they think that cowboys are the most adventurous people on earth. This book is a great ice breaker during the first week of school. It is funny and engaging. It teaches creativity. It is an ideal writing prompt resource. Just done right.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Lesson Plan

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